BlogHer's 10x10 Presenters: 13 Bloggers Who Will Inspire You

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The 10x10 Project aims to bring the BlogHer community's reflections on the past ten years and predictions for the future to life online and onsite at BlogHer '14.

We want to create a wonderful record of all that we've seen and done, shared (and maybe deleted) together as part of this community. What our 10x10 community members have in common is that they are representative of so many who have made significant contributions to, had impact on, or been inspired and/or supported as part of the BlogHer community, and as creative citizens of the Internet.

Get to know our 10x10 presenters below!

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Morra Aarons-Mele

Morra was BlogHer's very first political consultant and the founder of Women Online, a consulting firm for companies, not-for-profits and political campaigns seeking to mobilize women online. She is the co-founder of the non-profit Role/Reboot. During the 2004 Presidential Election, Morra was the Director of Internet Marketing for the Democratic National Committee.

Luvvie Ajayi

Luvvie is an award-winning writer and digital strategist who believes in using the power of technology for social change. A 10-year blogging veteran, she is the voice behind Awesomely Luvvie, an entertainment and humor blog that covers everything pop culture – from TV to movies to life’s random adventures. Awesomely Techie is where she talks about all things geekdom.

Luvvie is also co-founder and Executive Director of The Red Pump Project, a national nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls.

Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer runs the successful food blog Simply Recipes, which uses many of the recipes and methods of her parents, focusing primarily on home cooking with whole foods in season. She strongly believes that everyone should know how to cook and loves teaching the children of her friends the joys of cooking.

Elise has been featured in The Sacremento Bee, Forbes, The London Times, Chicago Tribune, Redbook, Fitness Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe and Time magazine, among others.

danah boyd

danah boyd is a social scientist at Microsoft Research and a research associate at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. In her research, she examines everyday practices involving social media, with specific attention to youth participation. Lately, she has been focused on issues related to privacy, publicity, and visibility. She is the author of It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens and the co-author of Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media. She is currently co-directing the Youth and Media Policy Working Group, funded by the MacArthur Foundation. She blogs at

Shannon Des Roches Rosa

Shannon Des Roches Rosa is the BlogHer Contributing Editor on parenting children with special needs. She has three children, one with autism, and has been writing about parenting and autism since 2003 at She's a co-founder and senior editor at  Thinking Person's Guide to Autism. Her work as an autism parenting and iPad advocate has been profiled in The New York Times, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Wall Street Journal, Redbook, PBS Parents, SF Weekly, and SF Gate.

Barb Dybwad

Barb Dybwad is currently the head of business development for top tech destinations Engadget, Joystiq, and TUAW at AOL Tech. Her work has appeared in Forbes,, CNN, ABC News, USA Today, and Yahoo News among others, and she is a regular speaker at industry events focused on topics in the fields of social media, technology, gaming, mobile, and virtual worlds. Barb is a musician, information junkie, traveler, and gamer who enjoys being distracted by funny cats on the internet and following an obscene number of topics in scitech and beyond. She lives in the San Francisco Bay by way of Los Angeles and Ithaca, NY.

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Stacey Ferguson

Stacey Ferguson (known online as Justice Fergie) is an avid veteran blogger, event producer, social media personality, public speaker, freelance writer, and Chief Curator of the Be Blogalicious community and conferences celebrating diversity among women in social media. As Founder of Justice Fergie Lifestyle Media, she combines media, publishing, consulting & events to inspire women to live richly with strategies for turning personal passions into viable brands. She is also a tech attorney by trade and regularly consults with both startups and established brands on digital and brand strategy. Stacey has been featured on NPR, Fox, Southern Living Magazine, The Washington Post, The Loop21, Mashable, Sirius-XM Radio, Uptown Magazine, Black Enterprise, JET Magazine, Mommy Noire, and all around the Web. Stacey is a wife and mother of three and resides in the DC metro area.

Doug French

Doug French is a writer and single dad who began his personal blog, Laid-Off Dad, in June 2003. He is also co-founder and organizer of the Dad 2.0 Summit, an annual conference where marketers, social media leaders, and blogging parents connect to discuss the changing voice and perception of modern fatherhood. He has been profiled in or written for The New York TimesSlateThe Huffington Post, andParents magazine, and his writing has appeared in several parentcentric websites and blogging anthologies. In July 2010, he made the still-curious decision to create When The Flames Go Up, a blog about co-parenting after divorce, with his ex-wife. She and he and their two young sons live in close proximity in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Cynthia Liu

Cynthia Liu is a writer-filmmaker and recovering academic. She serves on the board of directors of the Coalition for Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), which works to diversify Hollywood in all forms of entertainment media, even the web. Her academic specializations were (not necessarily in order of importance): 19th and 20th century American literature, comparative multi-ethnic literature, APA literature and film, and women of color feminisms. Cynthis holds a PhD in English and an MA in creative writing from UC Berkeley. Cynthia is a founder of K-12 News Network, a Momocrat and 2011 InnovateHer Award winner.

Polly Pagenhart

Polly Pagenhart is the blogger behind Lesbian Dad and the editor-in-chief of VillageQ. She contributed to Confessions of the Other Mother: Non-Biological Lesbian Moms Tell All (Beacon, 2006), as well as to,, Parenting magazine, plus a few academic journals. She has read at Litquake, BlogHer’s Community Keynote, and Listen To Your Mother (SF), and has spoken about writing and LGBT and alternative families at local universities and national social media conferences. She lives with her partner and their two school-aged children in the San Francisco Bay Area, and works for Our Family Coalition, the region’s LGBTQ family support and advocacy organization.

Alexandra Rosas

Alexandra Rosas writes at Good Day, Regular People, as well as writing regular columns at Aiming Low, FunnynotSlutty, Mom Renewal Project, MilwaukeeMoms, Sprocket Ink, and TikiTikiblog. Alexandra was named a 2011 BlogHer Voice of the Year for humor. In 2012, she was chosen to be part of The Moth's National Live Story Tellers Tour and presented alongside Molly Ringwald.

Deb Rox

Deb Rox is BlogHer's Entertainment section editor and blogs at Deb on the Rocks. Deb also works as a social media communications and business strategist for small businesses, brands and bloggers. Her passions include digital innovation and cause/issue marketing. Deb is the founder of Salon LGBTQ, serves as founding Board President of Violence UnSilenced, and works with projects including the Listen to Your Mother Show. Deb is the co-host of the annual Queerosphere party at BlogHer's annual event. 

Katherine Stone

Katherine Stone is the founder and editor of the blog Postpartum Progress. She is also the founder of Postpartum Progress, Inc., a national nonprofit focused on vastly improving support for women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. In 2013, Katherine won the Health Activist Hero Award at the annual WEGO Health Awards, and was placed in Babble’s Mom Blogger Hall of Fame. In 2012, she was named one of the fiercest women in America as part of More magazine’s annual Fierce List. She also was listed among the most influential mom bloggers in 2011 and 2012 by Disney’s Babble, and has been selected as a WebMD Health Hero. Additionally, she won the 2010 Bloganthropy Award, given for using social media to make a difference, and a 2011 Media Award from Mental Health America, given for outstanding coverage and portrayals of mental health issues during the previous year.

Katherine has been featured by CNN, the Huffington Post, Yahoo, AOL, PBS, The Today Show, HLN, ABC News, iVillage,, the Washington Post and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, among others.

Rita Arens is the author of the young adult novel The Obvious Game & the deputy editor of Find more at


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